Roald Dahl… movie reviewer?!

Today I learned that Roald Dahl wrote, on at least one occasion, a published movie review! His review of the 1964 British neo noir drama film Séance on a Wet Afternoon was called “The Painful Pleasure of Suspense” and was published in the December 1964 issue of LIFE Magazine. You can go here to read the complete text.

I have to say, I winced a few times while reading that review. Not because of his opinion of the film (which he loved), but because some of the comments seem particular pointed for someone married to a movie star actress. For example, “fine actors of only moderate fame will make far better films than glamorous world-famous stars of only moderate ability.”

I mean, OUCH. Poor Patricia Neal!

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